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Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera

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  • 100mm macro lens with f/2.8 maximum aperture for Sony Alpha digital SLR cameras
  • Works with Super SteadyShot image stabilization system to keep image steady in low light
  • Focus range limiter speeds up autofocus response; focus hold button gives you full control
  • High contrast and resolution gives your shots greater visual accuracy for close analysis
  • Measures 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches long; weighs 1 pound, 2 ounces

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SAL100M28
  • Maximum Aperature Range: F2.8
  • Minimum focal length: 100 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 100 mm
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Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F2.8 F1.4 F2.8 F2.8
Min Aperture 32 22 22 22
Photo Filter Thread Size 55 millimeters 55 millimeters 62 millimeters 55 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.35 meters 0.45 meters 0.31 meters 0.6 meters
Item Weight 1.11 pounds 0.49 pounds 2.5 pounds 0.39 pounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 3 x 3 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000DZH7J4
  • Item model number: SAL100M28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 14, 2006

Product Description

Product Description


The versatile SAL-100M28 macro-focus lens covers a wide range of photographic applications, from close-up nature subjects to midrange telephoto shots-making it ideal to carry on location or in the field. Mounted on your Sony ? (alpha) DSLR camera, it provides a 150mm focal length (35mm equivalent). And its superb sharpness and clarity give you professional results in every shooting situation.

FEATURES:
  • Sharp macro focusing - You can get closer to your subject to capture low-angle shots of insects, flowers and other natural wonders -- and broad depth of field lets you keep backgrounds in focus, too.
  • Bright f2.8 aperture - In conjunction with the Super SteadyShot image stabilization system of the Sony Alpha DSLR cameras, this lens captures bright, steady images, even working with hand-held cameras in low light.
  • High contrast and resolution - Excellent optical precision gives your shots greater visual accuracy for close analysis of your subject.
  • Focus range limiter - Speeds auto-focus response by limiting the range of distances that are brought into focus -- Close-up Range, or Telephoto Range.
  • Focus hold button - For full creative control, a focus hold button located on the lens can lock auto-focusing.
  • Auto clutch - In auto-focus mode, the manual focus ring does not rotate -- which improves handling ease.
  • Circular aperture - Because aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

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Get incredibly close to small subjects with the Sony 100mm macro lens, which delivers professional results in almost any shooting situation. The versatile macro focus lens covers a wide range of photographic applications, from close-up nature subjects to midrange telephoto shots, making it ideal for carrying on location or in the field. The lens's bright f/2.8 maximum aperture works in conjunction with the Sony Alpha's Super SteadyShot image stabilization system to capture bright, steady images even when working with handheld cameras in low light. Specific details include a focus range limiter that speeds up the autofocus response by limiting the range of distances that are brought into focus; a focus hold button that gives you full creative control; an auto clutch option with a manual focus ring that doesn't rotate; a circular aperture that provides a pleasing circular defocused effect that's ideal for low-light shots; and excellent optical precision that gives your shots greater visual accuracy.

  • Focal length: 150mm (100mm 35mm equivalent)
  • Filter diameter: 55mm
  • Minimum focus distance: 1 foot, 2.4 inches
  • Magnification: 1x
  • Lens group elements: 8 groups 8 elements
  • Distance scale: Yes
  • Distance encoder: Yes
  • Non-rotating focusing ring: Yes
  • Focus hold button: Yes
  • Depth of field: Yes
  • Focus range limiter: Yes
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.8
  • Minimum aperture: f/32
  • Blades: 9 aperture
  • Asperhic elements: No
  • Lens type: Macro
  • Dimensions: 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches long
  • Weight: 1 pound, 2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Your rating: 5 stars Headline: This camera lens is awesome!
Steve A. Lambert
Very sharp lens excellent for portraits, macro, my first specifically digital lens for my Sony Alpha 850 (have vintage minolta lenses).
Amazon Customer
This lens can do the job and creates such sharp, colorful images.
MC

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Paul on June 29, 2009
I love this lens! It hasn't come off my A100 DSLR since it arrived. I have had it about a month and shot over 3000 images learning all aspects of this superb optic. It is sharp, shockingly sharp! Until now I was using my 18-70 mm and 75-300 zooms with and without close up filters. Mostly good close up shots and occasionally a real nice sharp close up. The 100mm f2.8 is in another league. I have been in photography since 1968, and this lens once again proves my theory and gut feel that fixed focal length prime lenses are still king of resolution. My shots of flowers and bees are the best ever. For the first time I can now see in my digital images just how messy bees are with pollen! Oh, and let's not forget the color. The color is intense in every image. Warning: This is a demanding lens. So first and foremost read the instructions on how to use the "focus limiter." This is a must. It will speed up focusing for all uses, including macro, scenes, architecture, and general photography. Also realize that this is a telephoto lens with extreme close focusing. As a result, especially for close ups, the depth of field is extremely shallow when using f2.8 and similar f-stops. This is an optical law, not a defect, so use it to your advantage by planning shots requiring selective focus. By following these tips, taking many shots to learn about the lens, and if this is your first prime lens, you will be ushered into a new level of digital photography performance. PS: Amazon was fast and reliable in shipping my 100mm f2.8 macro.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Stewart on November 8, 2011
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While the 50mm macro is cheaper and lighter (and sharper), the 100mm allows you to have a greater working distance between the lens and the subject, which makes lighting easier. For full 1:1 magnification, the working distance is over 6", compared to just under 2" for the 50mm lens. It is much less awkward to use, and not as invasive into the space of your subjects, which might be inclined to fly or crawl away. Moreover, the 100mm focal length is better for portraits, where this lens also serves admirably, with a smooth bokeh (background blur). It is lacking a little bit in sharpness at the widest apertures, but that cleans up in the mid-range. I'd been eyeing this lens for a while, and finally found one on this site used, for a nice discount. Definitely a keeper.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve A. Lambert on May 31, 2008
Your rating: 5 stars
Headline: This camera lens is awesome!

Pros : Durable, Sharp Focus, Easy To Clean, Lightweight, Easily Interchangeable
Cons : NONE
Best Uses : Wildlife, Sports/Action, Portraits, Macro and portraits, Upgrade
Describe Yourself : Semi-Professional

I only use this lens when the shot counts. My site has 10,000 shots primarily with this macro lens.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Knight on June 25, 2012
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This lens taught me that quality optics matters...In reviewing a landscape shot on my computer, I said to myself, "what's that spot?" Zooming in, it was a tack-sharp image of a bird in flight. The detail that comes out of my NEX-7 with this lens in front shows the true capabilities.

Note that I don't usually use this lens with the SLT adapter, auto-focus is quite functional at longer distances but even with the focus limiter, I found it was not the fastest at auto-focus, so I just shoot manual focus and using the LA-EA1 adapter I get the most light, auto-aperture and EXIF data but no focus.

Macro photography at 1:1 is really a challenge...First off you need to shoot with a high shutter speed if you're doing this hand-held and/or with moving subjects (a slight breeze will make photographing a flower difficult.) This means shallow DoF even in bright sunlight, just not a lot of light gets through at 1:1 (true of all macro lenses). But with a lot of practice I've been able to get some mind-blowing shots of tiny things.

Only other minor quibble is the bokeh with this lens is a bit busy, not "creamy" smooth, but I've gotten some print-worthy pics out of it so it's not significantly busy (not like my 70-400mm lens, which is amazing optics too, but does have busy bokeh.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By raymond bilcliff on September 25, 2010
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I am sure that there is a better lens than this one, but not for the money this one costs. This lens took outstanding photos it is as sharp as they come, easy to use, light weight and a joy to use. I would recommend this lens to anyone. I am using it on my Alpha 850.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Banks on October 26, 2013
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This is my 5th Sony lens purchase. I always shop less expensive brands like Sigma but inevitably come back to Sony. If nothing else, I expect Sony's a65 firmware to correct many minor lens flaws. Reading reviews I feel Sony lens are a tad better but I've never tested other brands to verify this for myself. I can say I've never been disappointed in a Sony lens.

I've considered a true macro lens for a while but I've also been very hesitant to purchase one because I wasn't sure I'd actually use it all that much. I shoot a lot of flowers with a friend but I don't really need the close-up range this lens offers. Anyway, I got a reasonable deal through Amazon for one used (my first used lens purchase) and I decided to take the plunge.

I took it out today to the famous Hollywood Cemetery here in Richmond, Virginia for a test shoot (I plan to upload a couple of photos). It's too cool for insects (just as well since I'm a macro beginner) but I did grab a few shots of holly berries. As others have pointed out, macro photography is extremely challenging given an extremely narrow depth of field. There was a slight breeze which sorely tested my patience. I struggled with manual focus - at least I thought I did - so I switched to auto focus using the focus limiter with some success. Ironically, the manual focused ones came out better though it wasn't apparent in the field reviewing them in my tiny viewfinder.

Of course, this lens is also a prime lens. Not that 100mm is a great length for general use but I can say that in that role this lens really shines. I took some pictures of Confederate tombstones with my Sony 75-300mm zoom which looked terrific until I compared them to photos taken with the Sony 100mm macro lens. Wow!
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